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November 6, 2006
Turnout at City of Toronto’s advance vote hits 34,046
A total of 34,046 eligible voters in the City of Toronto cast ballots at this weekend’s 44 advance voting locations. In 2003, 31,700 people voted at the weekend advance vote. During this year’s weekday advance voting at six locations across the City, 8,367 voters took advantage of early voting opportunities. In total, 42,413 have voted in advance of the City’s November 13 municipal election. In 2003, 42,599 people voted in advance.

“We are pleased that so many voters have chosen to take advantage of the City’s advance vote opportunities,” said Greg Essensa, Director of Elections and Registry Services. “We’re hopeful that trend continues on election day, November 13.”

Voting places on election day be will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1,638 locations across the City. Voter information cards, mailed the week of October 23, indicate voting place locations in each ward. Those who did not receive a voter information card, or are unsure if they are on the voters’ list should call 416-338-1111 (for TTY service, please call 416-338-0889). The City’s website ( also has a function that allows voters to type in their address to find out where their voting place is located.

Toronto’s City Clerk, Ulli S. Watkiss, reminds voters to bring their voter information cards with them when they vote. “Voters are also asked to bring at least one piece of identification showing their name and address when they vote. Even if you rent, or own property or businesses in several different wards, you may only vote once and it must be in the ward in which you live.”

For those who are unsure about how to properly mark the ballot, or for those whose first language is not English, can seek assistance from an Elections Official at the voting place. The City has also translated voting instructions into 17 languages. These translated instructions are available on the website and in every voting place.

Media contacts:
Brad Ross, City of Toronto Media Relations, 416-392-8937, cell 416-919-6503
Greg Essensa, Director of Elections and Registry Services, 416-392-8019



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